It’s interesting to see how this North Carolina convenience store worker was exposed as a Muslim immigrant jihadist. The FBI began investigating the savage when a Facebook page in his name voiced support for terrorism. Adding fuel to the fire, one of his social media accounts posted a photo which later showed up in an ISIS propaganda video. In that photo a man (not our ISIS immigrant) holds a sign reading “The American support for Islamic State” in Arabic. Under that, in English, the sign says, “ISIS, North Carolina USA.” Creeping Sharia reported the existence of this photo in 2014. Yesterday, the animal who posted that photo pleaded guilty in federal court to lying on his application for U.S. citizenship, as well as two counts of tax fraud. During the course of the investigation, he bragged about sending 13 recruits to fight with ISIS. Chalk one up for the good guys!
Via WRAL.com (along with the obligatory “he’s misguided about Islam”):
Accused ISIS recruiter pleads guilty to fraud, tax charges
RALEIGH, N.C. — A Fayetteville man who the FBI says was a recruiter for Islamic State forces pleaded guilty Monday to federal fraud and tax charges.
Houcine Becher Ghoul, 43, pleaded guilty to lying on his application for U.S. citizenship and two counts of tax fraud. He faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced in February.
Ghoul admitted to lying about his support for a terrorist organization on his citizenship application, and he also married several women in an attempt to obtain citizenship. The tax charges are for not reporting all of his income and for improper use of the Earned Income Tax Credit.
The FBI began investigating Ghoul in 2014 after a Facebook post on an account associated with his name indicated support of terrorism.
Investigators continued to track his social media accounts, one of which included a photo of a man in a convenience store holding a handmade sign that reads “The American support for the Islamic State” in Arabic. Below it, in English, it says, “ISIS, North Carolina USA.” That same photo later appeared in a propaganda video released on an ISIS YouTube channel.
The FBI confirmed that Ghoul worked at the Snack Attack Convenience Store on Bragg Boulevard in Fayetteville. Agents were able to locate the man in the photo and interviewed him, which prompted surveillance on Ghoul.
An informant said Ghoul bragged that he had sent as many as 13 people overseas to support ISIS activities.
Agents also went through Ghoul’s many Twitter accounts, which have since been deactivated. On one of his pages, Ghoul described himself as an “extremist, terrorist, tough, brain-washed, radical, I love explosions, booby trapping, beheading the enemy.”
WRAL Investigates searched for conversations using Ghoul’s Twitter names – most were in Arabic. When translated, some supported Ghoul’s views, but there are also a number of responses that accuse Ghoul of being misguided about Islam.
There’s no indication that Ghoul has planned, or is planning, any terrorist acts. He was fired from the Fayetteville convenience store in 2015.
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